Rose with Stem & Thorns & Sepals & Hip for Valentine's Day

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Rose with Stem & Thorns & Sepals & Hip for Valentine's Day by kresty Feb 9, 2015

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I wanted a more complete Rose, so I took a basic rose and added stuff :) Both open and closed versions. Thorns can be a single color, 2 color glued, or dual extruder.

Added vase mostly stolen from Microsoft's Rose (I like this rose better though). Fixed smallish pin holes on stem.

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Rose with Thorns & Stem & Bits

I didn't modify the rose, but everything else is brand new from scratch.


I printed everything at .2mm layer height with no supports or raft, 10% infill (though not much actually uses infill, you could probably get away with less). Supports are built-in to the sepal models where needed.

  • Print the open &/or closed roses
  • For each rose, print a set of the sepals (leafy looking things), snap off the supports and center supports when done. The center is a bit tricky, I could probably do better, but wanted to post this for folks...
    • There's a version of the sepals without supports which works better for some slicers
  • For each rose, print a stem, here it gets tricky
    • Easiest is just to print the 1 color stem
    • There's also a stem with holes for the thorns so you can print them in different colors, unfortunately they don't fit well, so expect some work
    • There's also a dual-extruder thorn version, which seems to work better, but uses a lot of filament for the effect (because of the tall walls)
  • For each rose, print a pin (or use 3mm filament sections). The original rose was designed for 3mm filament, but you may have to either shrink the pin or file the holes a tiny bit. Alternatively, just glue them together.


If you built separate stem & thorns, glue the thorns to the stem, probably needs a little filing, good luck!

Put the pin in the rose, attach the sepals, and then attach the stem. Test it first, you may need to file the holes.

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S3D keeps trying to remove the build in vertical supports for the sepals on me when I slice it, anyone know what I am doing wrong?

Hmm, I didn't try it using Simplify, however I had similar issues with some things on other slicers. If you can use the sketchup files, I would suggest "pulling" the walls just a hair thicker - like .2 mm or something, or .1mm in each direction. Please let me know if that works.

Simplify does a decent enough job one could even just remove the supports and let simplify do it. I added the supports manually before Simplify because Makerware was a bit dirty about them when I did this project.

Let me know if that helps.

That's what I ended up doing, I just went in and took out the supports in Sketchup and I will just let the slicer add supports and see how it turns out. I will let you know how that works out once I print it out. Thanks for the quick response and for the files!

Hope it works - I posted a file without supports in case other people hit that issue...

Using T-Glase on Lulzbot mini, Cura 18.03. The rose and stem come out awesome. The sepals come out like crap.
Printed as-is the first time and it was just a mess of plastic.
Printed the 2nd time with support material and it was better, but still a mess.

Bummer. You might try stretching them vertically to make the petals a little thicker?

OMG! This is a great present for my girlfriend on our aniversery. THANKS YOU SAVED MY LIFE!

Glad I could help.

Sorry i'm a newbie in printing, If using Diamond Head extruder, can i just load the file and print with dual color?

I've never used that extruder or whatever slicer/software you're using to do it, however:

It was designed to print in four parts and then be assembled. (Flower, Sepals, Stem & connector). The only part that's really two color is the stem, and the dual extruder files have all of the info you need to print that way.

If you tried to print the whole thing at once you'd need tons of icky supports or it'd fall over or make a mess or whatever, so the flower, sepals & stem really need printed individually (though you could probably print them all at the same time if your bed was the right size.

This is a slightly tricky print because of the complexity of the flower and the bit about the sepals, so you may want to try a smaller shape if you haven't printed anything yet. It can be a little tricky to get used to the temperature settings, etc, for a new printer. The stem, besides being two colors, might be an OK start if you wanted to try this first. The hard bit of the stem is the stem part, depending on your printer.

If the layers seem to fall apart too much make the temp a little hotter. If they seem to be too mushy or you get little cobweb type threads as it moves around, then make it cooler.

thanks u, understand will try it out. Appreciate your reply!

i think i have to add some pauses in the rose stem its still hot so it flexes while the head is going and its kind of a rough print

I suppose you could also maybe try printing it on its side though that would obviously need supports. Or chopping it in half and printing the halves on their side?

Hmm, what printer & material? PLA I'm guessing? I haven't had any trouble. I used a replicator clone and ABS. I do confess I was a bit surprised it worked so well. (The pins are what really surprised me, I expected a mess when I first ran them since they're so skinny.)

RBRB - in reply to kresty

My print was PLA at 215 degrees and came out almost flawless. I was very happy the stem worked so well. I have been tweaking my maker ware settings a lot since the last update, and I did slow it down to 75% speed. My printer is a Flashforge clone (CTC) running sailfish, and while I do have fans to cool the print, I didn't need them. I did notice the printer slowed down considerably on the small diameter stem.

WOW! Thanks for the fantastic work!- and the sketchup files! Johnny